Thomas Farley

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    October 31, 2013

    New York City Council Approves Cigarette Purchase Age Change from 18 to 21

    The New York City Council approved legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. By a vote of 35 to 10, the new law could got into effect as soon as six months from now.

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    March 12, 2013

    Wait, So What Happened With Bloomberg's Soda Ban? Welp...

    Yesterday afternoon, we were seriously busy writing up a post entitled "The Basics To Today's Soda Ban" a la the one we wrote for the recent MetroCard hike. It was meant to be a symbolic post, an end to the drama revolving around this damn ban and a settlement on its intended enactment this fateful ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012
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    August 23, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg's Breakfast Bullying: Yay Or Nay?

    Of all the things for Mayor Mike Bloomberg to oppose, we didn't think breakfast for hungry kids would be one of them. But it is.In fairness, it's not the mayor's desire to keep hungry kids from eating breakfast that's led to his opposition to a City Council-backed plan to provide "the most important ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg: Fat Kids Eating Two Breakfasts Is Riskier Than Kids Not Eating At All

    A few months ago, we told you about how Mayor Mike Bloomberg's office was enforcing a ban on donating food to homeless shelters because the city wouldn't be able to monitor the sodium content of the food -- hungry homeless people (who don't care how much sodium is in their food) be damned.At the tim ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Yes, It's Still Perfectly Legal To Suck Babies' Genitals During Circumcision

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed super-sized soda ban isn't the only controversial topic that is going to be discussed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene this week. Today, the Department is talking about the metzitzah b'peh -- a circumcision practice during which ritual practitioners ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    City Council: Restaurants Don't Really Like The City's Grading System

    A day after Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a press conference touting the successes of the city's letter grading system for restaurant health inspections, members of the City Council are saying that a majority of businesses don't actually like them. Bloomberg, alongside the city's health commissioner, ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    NYC Health Department Worse Than a Nagging Mother About Your Little Drinking "Problem"

    ​The New York City Health Department simply insists on being a downer this holiday season. Hence, their new ad campaign, "Stop drinking while you're still thinking," which you'll start averting your eyes from on subways soon, if not already -- they go up this week. (Ads at right; enlarged afte ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Chet Baker Wouldn't Smoke a Pussy Cigarette Like Camel Blues

    Chet knows cool​The real outrage about this new Camel cigarette promotion isn't that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is trying to peddle cancer to would-be hipsters using images like the Williamsburg Bridge. This is directly in line with the industry's goal of creating nicotine addicts out of adoles ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    City Unsure If Soda Really Makes You Fat

    ​The New York Times got its hands on some internal e-mails today that show how desperate city health department officials were to sell a "soda makes you fat" campaign in an effort to boost support for a penny-per-ounce soda tax proposal that ultimately fizzled.

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    August 26, 2010

    DOH Announces That 80 Percent of Restaurants Have Earned an A or B Grade

    This just in from the Department of Health: Of the restaurants inspected so far, 48 percent have received A grades, and 31 percent have gotten a B. Twelve percent earned Cs and eight percent did not pass and were closed. That sounds great at first--and Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commi ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Gov. Paterson Will Attempt to Resurrect His Soda Tax

    poolie/Flickr​Governor Paterson won't take no for an answer: despite the fact his proposed soda tax was killed earlier this month by relentless lobbying and advertising from the beverage industry, he's planning to reintroduce the tax during a special legislative session on Wednesday.

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    December 15, 2009

    "Drink Yourself Fat": City Grosses You Out for Your Health

    Remember the "Pour on the Pounds" Department of Health ad warning New Yorkers that when they were pouring Coke and Snapple they were actually pouring fat? Well, DOH has followed through: now there's a TV ad showing a man drinking the fat. They also plop a repulsive mass on a plate to demonstrate ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Bloomberg's Election Night Party -- Actually Fun

    Bloomie knows how to party​It was well past 11:00 p.m., and a couple thousand Bloomberg supporters were still waiting in the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel for the mayor to show up. They were an enthusiastic group, shouting slogans of "four more years" while noshing on giant soft ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    From the Health Department's Beverage Program: A Glass of Fat, Straight Up

    ​Suck down a soft drink, suck down a blob of fat. That's the indelible message of the Health Department's new public-awareness campaign. "Are you pouring on the pounds?" asks one of the campaign's posters, which proudly displays a stream of yellowish fat, graphically webbed with blood vessels, ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Feel Sick? Swine Flu PANIC, Suggests Health Department

    Last month, it's likely that more than half a million New Yorkers got swine flu and didn't even know it. Yesterday the New York Department of Health released a report finding that in May seven percent of New Yorkers experienced a flu-like illness. While this could merely suggest widespread PANIC, c ... More >>